Assistant: Marketmen are back in the groove

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NEEDHAM Market assistant manager Andy Gould believes the Marketmen have put themselves back in a prime position to launch an attack on promotion from Ryman League Division One North.

Saturday’s emphatic 7-0 win over Cheshunt at Bloomfields continued the club’s revival in the league after enduring a run of four straight defeats and stretched their newly formed unbeaten run to three matches.

The sequence has left Needham third in the league and although they sit nine points off table-toppers Leiston, Gould, although conceding the margin of the points gap is larger than he would like, is confident his side can overhaul the deficit and challenge for a place in the Ryman Premier.

“As important as the performance was against Cheshunt the fact we kept that unbeaten revival going after an obvious tough period was fantastic and hopefully we can keep that going,” he said.

“The last three results have given us a platform to build on once again and we are in a position to continue our assault on promotion and the teams above us.

“We would like the points gap to the top of the league to be closer but we are still confident of achieving our aims of promotion, all we can do is concentrate on ourselves.

“We believe we are over a slump in form so now hopefully we can focus on maintaining that unbeaten run.

“There are quite a few games still left to play with a lot of points still on offer so you never know, we aren’t ruling it out.”

Saturday’s match also coincided with the return from an injury layoff of the league’s leading marksman Sam Newson.

The 21-goal hotshot surprisingly failed to appear among the Marketmen’s seven different scorers against Cheshunt but Gould could not resist heaping praise on he striker for his impact on the dressing room.

“Having Sam back from injury lifted everyone at the club and particularly the group of players in the dressing room.

“Although he didn’t score any of the seven goals on Saturday his all-round play meant we looked dangerous everytime we went forward.

Another player singled out for praise was new signing Lee McGlone. The striker appears to have settled in effortlessly in the Needham squad since his arrival from league rivals Leiston last month, scoring two goals in his first three games.

McGlone will be hoping to add to his tally tomorrow with the visit of Waltham Abbey to Bloomfields (3pm) and Gould is no doubt the striker will play an important role in Needham’s quest for promotion.

“Lee’s immediate impact is exactly what we expected, he has a great pedigree and is a fantastic player,” he added.

“We are delighted with what he has brought to the club and we are certain he will have a significant impact on the outcome of our season.”